Drought makes it tough for farmers recovering from Hurricane Michael


DOTHAN Ala. (WDHN) — Farmers around the Wiregrass have had a difficult time recovering from Hurricane Michael, which destroyed most of their crops.

The recent drought has made it even more difficult for local agriculture.

“Well, after Hurricane Michael, particularly in the cotton industry, we had growers who were expecting to have a bumper crop for cotton,” Wiregrass Extension Agent Jessica Kelton said. “Yes, they lost a large percentage of the growers, especially in Houston, lost a good bit of what they were planning to harvest.”

Cotton isn’t the only crop affected by Hurricane Michael and the drought.

Farmers say peanuts have also been affected mostly from the drought over the past few weeks.

“Plus the dry land peanuts we had this year, we had a low yield, about a ton of a quarter to an acre plus low grade, and that was a double whammy,” farmer Thomas Kirkland said. “So, we haven’t had rain here in six weeks.”

The drought is one of the big reasons why recovering from Hurricane Michael has been so difficult for farmers, and people in the agriculture business are hoping for rain soon.

“We’re just waiting and hoping we’ll get some rain soon,” Wiregrass Extension Agent Rickey Hudson said. “It’s still not too late, and you know, to try to get something planted. Again, it will be delayed. We won’t get the maximum benefit out of planting.”

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